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Config for design software - 3rd Gen ci3 + dedicated GPU vs 3rd Gen ci5 + integrated GPU

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April 30, 2013 7:32:08 PM

Hey!

I'm in the market to buy a laptop for web designing. The softwares that are usually open and I multi-task through are -

-Dreamweaver
-Photoshop
-WAMP
-Chrome - multiple tabs
-Firefox
-iTunes

I've decided that I'm definitely going in for a 14" Ultrabook because of the portability. However I'm on a budget and all the laptops in my price range have a config like -
1 - 3rd Gen ci3 + 1GB dedicated GPU + 4GB Ram
2 - 3rd Gen ci5 + Intel HD4000 + 4GB Ram

They're all around the same weight.

So I'd like to know to run the apps above, which combination is better suited? How much of a dedicated GPU would these apps actually use/require?

Thanks,
Ankeet

UPDATE:

So here are the specs of the ones I was looking at

HP Pavillion 14b - I was leaning towards this one, since I know this GPU is pretty decent
Processor: Core i3 (3rd Generation) 3217U
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 500GB(5400RPM) + 32GB SSD
GPU: 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 630M

Lenovo Ideapad U
Processor: Core i5 (3rd Generation) 3317U
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 500GB(5400RPM) + 24GB SSD
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000

The first one is also pretty budget friendly
a b D Laptop
April 30, 2013 7:44:22 PM

Becuase they are both ultrabooks, the specs are really less different than you are letting on. But none of those software are really affected by the gpu so go with the i5.
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April 30, 2013 7:54:27 PM

k1114 said:
Becuase they are both ultrabooks, the specs are really less different than you are letting on. But none of those software are really affected by the gpu so go with the i5.


So here are the specs of the ones I was looking at

HP Pavillion 14b - I was leaning towards this one, since I know this GPU is pretty decent
Processor: Core i3 (3rd Generation) 3217U
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 500GB(5400RPM) + 32GB SSD
GPU: 1GB NVIDIA GeForce 630M

Lenovo Ideapad U
Processor: Core i5 (3rd Generation) 3317U
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 500GB(5400RPM) + 24GB SSD
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000

The first one is also pretty budget friendly
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a b D Laptop
April 30, 2013 10:31:10 PM

There's really no difference between them. The 630M isn't that much better than HD 4000, and both the i5 and i3 are dual cores with hyperthreading; the i5 is just clocked slightly higher.

Since you're on a budget, go with the cheaper one - performance will be nearly identical.
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a b D Laptop
April 30, 2013 10:46:34 PM

The 630m is actually twice the performance of the hd 4000. But as I said those software really won't see any difference.
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a b D Laptop
April 30, 2013 10:59:21 PM

It's that much better? Didn't realize that.

That being said, since the performance will be very similar still, I recommend the i3 still, as it's cheaper.
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May 1, 2013 7:28:43 PM

Alright, thanks for the prompt replies.. But I'm still in a fix, so the i3 since its similar to the i5 should do, yea?
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a b D Laptop
May 1, 2013 7:35:03 PM

Yep. The performance between them will be very similar.
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May 1, 2013 7:36:40 PM

Thanks man. Hopefully, I get to pick it up today :) 
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a b D Laptop
May 1, 2013 8:00:21 PM

Sweet! Have fun with your new toy. ;) 
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a b D Laptop
May 1, 2013 11:05:46 PM

Where did he say the i3 was cheaper?
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a b D Laptop
May 1, 2013 11:12:04 PM

...Huh. I guess he never actually did, and I was presuming it was.
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